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MATTERS OF THE DISHEART

Love is in the air.  It is the time of year we are either reminded of how lucky or how lonely we truly are.  Char has something along those lines for you either way.  Come into the tent and see.

Passion influences action, whether that drive is of the heart is for love, money, or power.  Other times, the heart and head are wired unconventionally and the passion that pushes a person is unimaginable.  First off, it’s a Valentine’s Day tale entitled MOONLIGHT AND ROSES, a tale where love is in the eye socket of the beholder.  Up next, a true tale from one of the “States of Fear”.  These are scary short stories from each state in the U.S. of A.  This time around, we go to Utah to hear the revolting rendition of THE SALT LAKE CITY GRAVE ROBBER.  The third of the trio is called THE QUEEN OF VOODOO, which is also another of the “States of Fear”.  This one is from New Orleans and tells the tale of Marie Laveau, a real life VooDoo priestess.

Thank you for visiting the sideshow of the surreal.  On Thursday, the circus will return.  Until then, the flaps are closed.

CURSES, FOILED AGAIN!

Char is no stranger to curses.  What else would explain the way his sideshow went up in flames and trapped him inside?  Luckily, he is somewhat of a curse himself as his apparition continues to appear to tell terrifying tales.

Take, for example, the three horror stories today.  All deal with curses of their own.  First, an artist passes a curse along to his patrons in STILL LIFE AND DEATH.  Secondly, in the days when tuberculosis was incurable, a couple of men hit it big in business.  One of them, however, just wants to succeed on his own in THE GRAVESTONE CUTTER’S APPRENTICE.  And then, a woman just wants some peace and solitude in her THE CLAWFOOT BATHTUB, but keeps seeing visions of murder every time she tries to soak in the suds.

Thank you for continuing to come through the flaps of the sideshow.  Charlie Barker appreciates it.  He keeps a treasure trove of tales just for you.  Come again.

POST APOCALYPSO

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  Charlie Barker examines what could be or will be in three tales of the end of times.  The apocalypse arrives at the circus today.  What happens in the post apocalyptic nightmare that follows?

In THE BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH EVENT, a subterranean baseball player warms up to pitch as the world unravels.  Next,  THE POST-APOCALYPTIC PSYCHIATRIST offers to help a young woman who fears the end of the world.  Finally, it’s a great BIRTHDAY SURPRISE as the last man on earth gets a birthday balloon bouquet.  Now, who was left to send it?

If we’re still around on Thursday, come back to visit the sideshow yet again.  Char has some more he want to show you in the Circus of the Unknown.  Or don’t.  It’s not like the world is going to end if you don’t.  Or will it?

SIDELINED SHADOWS

It’s that familiar time of year where sports are in the air.  The chant of the crowd and the shadows of rodents predict the weather are prudent.  Charlie Barker is a fan.

In GROUNDHOG DAVE, a horrifying amalgamation of groundhog hides serves to protect a small western town.  Next, the perfect football tailgate treat is sought after.  No, the usual buffalo wings and cocktail weenies won’t do.  This time, we need SOMETHING EXOTIC.  Up third is a unique SPECTATOR SPORT, as we examine cultures long gone and gruesome practices best left forgotten.

The whistle is blown; the flag has been thrown.  The rules have been broken.  Now you atone.